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    Chest tightness feeling on left side: heartburn or impending cardiac event? Worried..

    I'm going to turn 50 next month.

    My dad had his 1st heart attack at like 45 years old, about 22 years ago in like '97

    Then he had another heart attack later and a minor stroke

    He's still alive and smokes cigarettes

    He may have Keith Richards genes lol... So I'm hoping his endurance to the angel of death passed on to me

    In 2020, cos of covid my gym was closed for a long long time in fact the entire year, I amassed a pretty impressive home gym and worked out

    Also in 2020, I got into the bad habit of eating those hungry man fried chicken with the skin on and used gravy on it along with the mash potatoes and veggies and the little brownie they have

    Then I started to have a weird feeling on the left side of my chest, called my relatives and they said "don't worry, you're probably watching too much TV news and getting anxiety or heartburn"

    You may note that I used to pin my pecs with Testosterone 250 mgs once per week (alternating left and right)

    Anyway, I purchased a book called "The Simple Heart Cure" by Chauncy Crandall
    There's promise in that book in terms of having like a mediterrean diet and being able to Reverse heart problems (that's the miracle of the human body...why even back subluxations or misalignments can on their own heal--any chiropractor will tell you this)

    It also mentions chest tightness can be anxiety or heart burn

    Lately this chest tightness has happened more frequently, I am under stress lately

    I had a full physical in Jan 2021 and my bp levels were fine...

    the Ekg reading was fine at that same physical exam in Jan 2021

    The aforesaid book mentioned that...an Angiogram is like the best heart test around, I probably will have to do an Angiogram along with a Shingles Vaccine at or shortly after my half century birthday next month, and a colo r. exam

    I live alone in an inner city apartment building

    Has anyone had a "cardiac event" which is a heart attack?

    Do they perceive a heart attack in my near future? I'm worried

    The heart burn I have for sure, when I eat spicy guacamole that's also very acidic...I've been known to regurgiate that almost while asleep....up the esophagus yet not expel it out

    So what do you suggest....? Keep calm and keep Liftin' ?

    Besides eating clean and doing cardio

    Given that I live alone, should I get one of those monitors like a fit bit?

    I don't have a diy at home blood pressure gauge meter, I always felt that it did me know good to be reminded of a high bp, it could lead to a self fulfiflling prophecy or confirm that I do have a high blood pressure risk
    *although I never needed hi blood pressure meds

    Those, Blockage scans ultra sound to show what if any of my arteries, God forbid is Blocked in terms of Percentage are also probably a good idea when I hit 50 next month or shortly after turning 50 in addition to an Angiogram


    Google doesn't do a good job of exploring this

    Thank you in advance for any help. Some of you may have had a heart attack, a small one...and might suggest I buy a Fit Bit watch?

    I already like 1 month ago, bought one of those smart weight scales that have electrodes to measure bodyfat and I'm like technically "obese" although many because of my good musculature and my thin refined cheekbones say I am in no way obese

    My Smart Scale stats:
    My BMI: 30.1
    My BF percentage: 18 %
    Visceral Fat: 12 (i guess 13%, it doesn't say percent after it, but that's the educated guess)
    Subcutaneous Fat: 14.6%
    My weight 207.6lbs.
    Height: 5 feet 10 inches tall

    Other background info.: Type A personality

    Ever since I received the "Simple Heart Cure" by medical Dr. Chauncy Crandall, and started reading it 2 weeks ago, I adopted a chicken breasts mushrooms, tuna fish, rice, shrimp, salmon diet with nuts, and beans... those times I eat something that I still feel hungry, I top it off with an apple, known to curb a voracious appetite at only 80 calories and no fat

    Thanks again for any advice, I'm worried, but I'm not afraid of death...I do know that being so hung up on death and mourning too long those who passed is not enough Faith in God and in the glory of Heaven

    Hopefully I amassed enough Karmic posts here on this forum to give back enough good. Maybe I will do an article on Bill Pearl the bodybuilder who turned vegan and who was able to make good muscle gains and 1 other African American bodybuilder who Frank Zane spoke about; it would be a great read in the future on this forum, I humbly predict. Because their lives and experiences with a veggie diet was very interesting.

    Ok thanks in advance for any good advice input or comments.... Hopefully a heart attack isn't soon in the cards for me
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    Oh, I do pop 1 or 2 caffeine pills at 200 mgs each spread far enough throughout my day

    in addition to drinking 1-2 green tea drinks

    just because coffee is hard on the stomach and really stains the teeth

    * I am wondering that I should have never pinned my pecs...there are people that do it regularly without any problems, but I used to slightly cough sometimes, meaning I probably nicked a vein, not shot directly into a vein near my lung or my heart

    Probably pinning the pecs is definitely not an issue with regard to chest tightness on the left side,..

    but what's worrisome is that this tight weird feeling that comes every so often, and which started in 2020 and is getting more frequent in 2021..... is on the left hand side and we all know the left side of the body is associated with the heart... like i.e. left shoulder pain...the heart is on the left side etc

    thanks again

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    You are consuming close to 500 mg of caffeine a day at least some days. Cut out those caffeine pills and see how feel.
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    Reduce the caffeine, and increase the running. If you have a public park near you then they probably have a 5 kilometre Parkrun every Saturday morning.

    If you can't run because of injury/deformity then get a bicycle. You can even get one of those stationary bikes and watch documentaries while you cycle.

    You seem to have a very analytical mind -- past the point of it being an asset to you. There's such a thing as thinking too much. At the very least, thinking too much makes a person jittery and neurotic. Taken to extremes, it causes self-consciousness and paranoia. Some find meditation helpful in stopping thought.

    By the way, pinning your pecs is pretty hardcore, I'd never do it.
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    So you know it runs in the family. Cigarettes or no cigarettes, a heart attack in the 40ís is a strong indicator to you to use caution. My father in law was a health nut, lean and fit, and ate CLEAN. First attack was in the 40ís. Medications and 2 bypass surgeries still couldnít prevent his fatal heart attack in his early 60ís. May he RIP.

    Youíre 50 which is not old, but not young anymore. As Cylon said, that is TOO much caffeine. And as Kimbo said, too much thinking about it causes stress and BP issues.

    Talk to an MD, you may want a cardiologist referral. You want your lipid levels checked and IF your LDLs are high and canít be lowered with diet, likely statins are not a bad idea.

    You want a BP cuff and the BP needs to be under control.

    We are all too heavy on this forum. Your heart cares less if itís from fat or muscle, it just knows that you are making it work harder

    250 mg., is that your TRT dosage?

    The cardiologist might give you a stress ECG first (ECG on a treadmill). An angiogram is surgical, so he or she will want to be sure that your chest pain is legitimately from your heart.

    Clean your diet up, get a BP monitor, drastically reduce the caffeine, drop as much weight/muscle that you are willing to sacrifice, do more cardio and talk to your MD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wango View Post
    So you know it runs in the family. Cigarettes or no cigarettes, a heart attack in the 40’s is a strong indicator to you to use caution. My father in law was a health nut, lean and fit, and ate CLEAN. First attack was in the 40’s. Medications and 2 bypass surgeries still couldn’t prevent his fatal heart attack in his early 60’s. May he RIP.

    You’re 50 which is not old, but not young anymore. As Cylon said, that is TOO much caffeine. And as Kimbo said, too much thinking about it causes stress and BP issues.

    Talk to an MD, you may want a cardiologist referral. You want your lipid levels checked and IF your LDLs are high and can’t be lowered with diet, likely statins are not a bad idea.

    You want a BP cuff and the BP needs to be under control.

    We are all too heavy on this forum. Your heart cares less if it’s from fat or muscle, it just knows that you are making it work harder

    250 mg., is that your TRT dosage?

    The cardiologist might give you a stress ECG first (ECG on a treadmill). An angiogram is surgical, so he or she will want to be sure that your chest pain is legitimately from your heart.

    Clean your diet up, get a BP monitor, drastically reduce the caffeine, drop as much weight/muscle that you are willing to sacrifice, do more cardio and talk to your MD.
    Hey, thanks a lot, Wango for the time and effort you took to write all of that very good info.

    It was inspiring, too, sort of got me out of oversleeping in my bed here in California, that was some almost William Wallace of Braveheart speech!!

    I went ahead and bought the most expensive digital blood pressure monitor that also shows any abnormal irregular heartbeats, with the most 5 out of 5 star customer service reviews and the most expensive one, regardless of any cyber Monday deals.

    Not TRT at 250 mgs of Test per week, just once bitten 2x shy and trying to make IM injections done safely:

    I only shot 250 mgs of Test per week alternating each Pec muscle because I had a bad experience with an abcess in 2012 (my mom has what's called tremors) and I do also to a lot less extent, I either back in 2012 shot too low in the glute (and into a pocket of non-muscle where it just wallowed there & turned into an abcess), or the gear was too cheap in price and thus low quality, but I did also do a low dose of dianabol , 20 mgs per day for 4 weeks, during these I guess most would consider a TRT cycyle of 250 mgs of Testosterone per week for 10 weeks

    As far as pinning the pecs, it's no so hardcore in my humble opinion, but I'm not doing it anymore, because it's near the heart & lung. My pecs are a strong point, and develop faster and bigger than the rest of my body so it wasn't lke I was harpooning a 1.5 inch needle into medium size pecs

    This was a much appreciated wake up call.

    Im going to do all of what you said, Wango, including set up a cardiologist appointment

    This is interesting

    Some professions are Super Conducive to getting cardiovascular disease like heart attacks & strokes. There's this one book written by a husband and wife called "Anger Kills," which discusses research on Lawyers and how they are often 1) Angry and 2) Cynical and they seem to die of heart attacks more than any other profession. That's 1 of the reasons why I kind of didn't want to be a lawyer in my Educator vs. Lawyer post. Shoot, now that I think about it, I may as well be a college professor because the students pay to learn... so they will be less abusive to their college professors vs. social studies teachers at the Jr. high or high school level. There may not be a lot of openings for college professors compared to lawyers but, if you really desire it and enjoy watching documentaries and bring your own personal experiences, a way will be found with that Will ...to be in demand and to scoop up choice, limited in number college professor positions.

    I'm going to be a college professor to students who pay to learn and who will respect college professors. I'd think I'd be a good one. [B]A college professor would be a career a lot healthier on my heart and I enjoy History and American Government so I'd be good at it, and pretty adept at it, and I was in NYC before during and after September 11th, and smelled & breathed in the metallic, toxic dust in the air trying to help out which gives me somewhat of an interesting life experience to pass to these younger kids, which thus in turn I'd be more in demand regardless of the few & far between college professor job positions (there's less knowledge among younger folks about 9-11 here in the Southwest where I'm at, than on the East coast)


    In that regard, I'm sorry about your father in law, if you want to comment on what he did for a living, feel free to do so, if not that's ok. Lots of jobs / careers wreak havoc on the heart. I know my blue collar job did.

    and that's why slow and steady "wins" the "race" with a college professor is the most reasonable, doable course for me. I'm not about to try to take the toughest Bar Exam in the Nation the Calif. Bar Exam and go through 4 years of law school after I get a high enough LSAT score, that's just too tough on my heart.

    Look at Judge Judy, for one: very aggressive, not even assertive. Shoot, she's lucky that she has not had a stroke or a heart attack

    Thanks again Wango and everyone else who replied to my post, every deed is rewarded 10 fold or more and I'm sure it will come back to you if not today or tomorrow but soon.

    I feel a lot better...and today's a new day.
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    @ NiceGuy: my father in law was an administrator for a large Health Maintenance Organization. In his case it wasnít stress, but purely clogged arteries, a lot occurring before statins were available. He actually died doing what he loved, that being playing tennis.

    Wow, you were there for 911, that would have been intense.

    I personally like to use a 5/8Ē needle for my pecs and Delts. But when on TRT, itís largely sub-Q. Iím lucky in that my testosterone is prescribed & pharm grade. Even quality UGL testosterone doesnít work well for sub-Q for me.

    You are correct about stress as a teacher. As a high school teacher I usually had one particular class period every year that my BP would increase automatically just because I knew there would be almost guaranteed issues with certain individual(s). Retirement has lowered my BP, but I thought it would be lower.

    Good luck with the career goals and the doctor visits.
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    At 50 years old w/ a family history of coronary disease your healthcare specialist should have scheduled you for a stress echocardiogram (much better than an EKG alone), an EKG, and throw in a C-reactive protein assay as well. A cardiac catheterization would also be of benefit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by almostgone View Post
    At 50 years old w/ a family history of coronary disease your healthcare specialist should have scheduled you for a stress echocardiogram (much better than an EKG alone), an EKG, and throw in a C-reactive protein assay as well. A cardiac catheterization would also be of benefit.
    I had the EKG stress test done a few years ago in conjunction with an ultrasound before and after. I like how they explained it does a MUCH better job of giving a clear view of all the valves and even the slightest blockage would show up. Everything was great. Only problem they had we getting my heart beat up high enough and staying up while they did the ultrasound.

    The reason I had it done was because I went in to see my doctor because I had a cough that would not stop for at least 2 months and when they checked me they thought they heard a murmur and the in office EKG showed something strange. Turns out I was having an allergic reaction to Lisinopril, blood pressure medication.

    I dont know why they dont require everyone to have one of these stress test with ultrasound every 10-15 years starting when you are 30 and even one when you are around 16. I bet it would help catch a lot of these young athlete who die on the field due to a faulty valve of some type.
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    Thanks Almost Gone and Lovbyts. I remember the ultra sound test by general practitioner family doctor did back when I was 22 and in college. He had the machinery in his office.

    currently , My health insurance is subpar. It's not one of the biggest and best medical insurance plans like Kaiser Permanente.

    What accounts for not having these tests done to me or others earlier? Probably because medicine is like "managed care" with Factory mill offices that turn and churn out patients very busily and hastily

    When I told the doc of my dad's heart attacks he just meekily nodded his head, although he's a totally nice guy, not one of those a hole doctor's who are obnoxious and condescending

    Anyway, they are very busy now, during the winter season

    I am going to wait until January 2022 when the weather warms up more and after I am officially 50 ( I turn 50 early next week) to have all the tests done when a man reaches 50

    or correct me if I'm wrong and I should go now and have this ultra sound and EKG stress test done almost immediately...

    (maybe if I've made it this long without a heart attack, and without need to take high blood pressure meds) I can wait another full month till January 2022 till I get the EKG stress test and the Ultra sound.

    thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NiceGuyResearcher View Post
    Thanks Almost Gone and Lovbyts. I remember the ultra sound test by general practitioner family doctor did back when I was 22 and in college. He had the machinery in his office.

    currently , My health insurance is subpar. It's not one of the biggest and best medical insurance plans like Kaiser Permanente.

    What accounts for not having these tests done to me or others earlier? Probably because medicine is like "managed care" with Factory mill offices that turn and churn out patients very busily and hastily

    When I told the doc of my dad's heart attacks he just meekily nodded his head, although he's a totally nice guy, not one of those a hole doctor's who are obnoxious and condescending

    Anyway, they are very busy now, during the winter season

    I am going to wait until January 2022 when the weather warms up more and after I am officially 50 ( I turn 50 early next week) to have all the tests done when a man reaches 50

    or correct me if I'm wrong and I should go now and have this ultra sound and EKG stress test done almost immediately...

    (maybe if I've made it this long without a heart attack, and without need to take high blood pressure meds) I can wait another full month till January 2022 till I get the EKG stress test and the Ultra sound.

    thanks again.
    It's is extremely rare/very unlikely/never happens that a GP would have the imaging equipment, treadmill, or drugs if they choose to use dobutamine to control your heart rate.

    Most cardiologists will refer you to the cardiovascular lab of the hospital for the procedure. Are you sure your GP performed the stress echo?
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    This was like in 1992 during college... what happened was I was in the doctor's sole practioner office, and his nurse put a gel type liquid over my pecs and moved it around in a circular way.

    I was lifting back then and my mom said the nurse told her i had gotten pretty musuclar

    This doctor at the time was in his late 70s, he may have amassed enough wealth to have this type of equipment in his office

    I do know in other small to mid size doctor offices (where there are 2 doctors in a partnership), they do the ultra sound over the lower abdomen to determine the size of the prostate gland

    I'm going to make a note that this is called a "stress echo" test where they do an ultrasound over the chest to determine any blockage in a file I have made thanks to all your constructive contributions and keep the names anonymous.

    My current GP should know all the tests (including the computer imaging tests that reveal blockage). I am going to let him know nicely he left out tests based on my family history, when his nurse contacts me and also by a letter I'm going to mail him along with a couple of Christmas gifts. He does not have voicemail, another indication that this is subpar health care, but his nurse takes messages for him

    Thanks, again, AlmostGone

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    Quote Originally Posted by NiceGuyResearcher View Post
    This was like in 1992 during college... what happened was I was in the doctor's sole practioner office, and his nurse put a gel type liquid over my pecs and moved it around in a circular way.

    I was lifting back then and my mom said the nurse told her i had gotten pretty musuclar

    This doctor at the time was in his late 70s, he may have amassed enough wealth to have this type of equipment in his office

    I do know in other small to mid size doctor offices (where there are 2 doctors in a partnership), they do the ultra sound over the lower abdomen to determine the size of the prostate gland

    I'm going to make a note that this is called a "stress echo" test where they do an ultrasound over the chest to determine any blockage in a file I have made thanks to all your constructive contributions and keep the names anonymous.

    My current GP should know all the tests (including the computer imaging tests that reveal blockage). I am going to let him know nicely he left out tests based on my family history, when his nurse contacts me and also by a letter I'm going to mail him along with a couple of Christmas gifts. He does not have voicemail, another indication that this is subpar health care, but his nurse takes messages for him

    Thanks, again, AlmostGone
    That was just an ultrasound to get a picture of your heart/ look for enlargement, etc. A stress echocardiogram is a different procedure.

    Keep us informed and "Good Luck".
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    Update: I unboxed the Blood Pressure Cuff and after 4-5 readings, I noticed a pattern or an average, as follows:

    155 SYS
    96 DIA
    67 Pulse

    *Note worthy: my Pulse Rate at 67 seems to be pretty darn good as I quote this indicator of a healthy efficient heart (quote):
    "A Normal Resting Heart Rate is 60 to 100 beats per minute. Generally, a lower heart rate at rest implies more efficient heart function and better cardiovascular fitness

    But it seems that I'm at Stage 2 Hypertension as shown below with this informative table that might be of use to those who are 40 or over and for whatever reason like myself have no idea what a b.p. reading should be:

    Stage 1 hypertension: 80-89.
    Stage 2 hypertension: 90 or more
    Hypertensive crisis: 120 or more. Call 911 (this, the 120, clearly is the DIA number).
    Aug 29, 2020

    Here’s how to understand your systolic blood pressure number:

    Normal: Below 120
    Elevated: 120-129
    Stage 1 high blood pressure (also called hypertension): 130-139
    Stage 2 hypertension: 140 or more
    Hypertensive crisis: 180 or more. Call 911.

    To lower my B.P. sys and dia even more:

    Eat a lot more veggies so that they overshadow my chicken and meat
    I do have a pollo-pesca diet which is fish and chicken, but to reverse whatever problems I have with Stage 2 Hypertension, I might just have much more veggies, smaller portion of meat and top it off with an apple which fills a person up, curbing their appetite

    Do a lot more cardio
    and meditation

    *Note: When I do get at a better weight with less visceral fat and less bodyfat, I'm going to Pin the Pecs which were in my case always beefy with a 5/8 inch, 25 gauge needle this time

    I think almost a year ago when I posted here about coughing, I may have had those coughing spells from nic'ing a vein in the chest, although i aspirated...*simply because my needle was 1 inch at 23 gauge, and even with my naturally beefy quickly developed Pecs, this size needle would be too large and might have hit the lung sac? correct me if I'm wrong. I think this is a Good choice since Wango suggested it above and so have others it seems. I'd just flex the pecs and aim for the most highest peak after relaxing them, of course). Never want to keep that area flexed upon insertion of the needle

    ok thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by NiceGuyResearcher View Post
    this size needle would be too large and might have hit the lung sac?
    I think there's a Mexican cartel who do that as a punishment

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluidic Kimbo View Post
    I think there's a Mexican cartel who do that as a punishment
    that's actually on spot injections a well respected website

    in 1 of the photos for a pec im injection

    Spot injections, again, a well-respected website that many people on bodybuilding forums recommend or refer people to go to find where & how to inject, shows a blue 3 mL, 23 gauge 1 inch size injection into the pec, so it's not "hardcore."

    It may appear hardcore, because the pecs are where the lung and heart are

    Anyone else care to add something constructive on proper IM injections in the pecs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by almostgone View Post
    That was just an ultrasound to get a picture of your heart/ look for enlargement, etc. A stress echocardiogram is a different procedure.

    Keep us informed and "Good Luck".
    ^^^^ What he said. Yup they may seem similar but if not done in the correct order at the right time its nothing the same.

    I though they might have to use medication to get my heart beat where they wanted it because they did comment that the only problem they were having was getting my heart rate up far enough even though I was quite winded at the time but we made it. They told me I had to be FAST at laying down into the position they had shown me and had I believe 3 technicians checking me with ultrasounds.

    Hope you can get it done soon.
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    If your getting chest tightness or feels like someone is sitting on your chest and it’s radiating down your arm you’re prbly having a heart attack or a STEMI. Call 911 and EMS or Fire will respond and give you a 12 lead EKG and let you know for sure. Don’t brush it off or drive yourself to the ER. That’s what 911 is for. I’ve been in EMS/FD FOR 20 years and see this a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lovbyts View Post
    ^^^^ What he said. Yup they may seem similar but if not done in the correct order at the right time its nothing the same.

    I though they might have to use medication to get my heart beat where they wanted it because they did comment that the only problem they were having was getting my heart rate up far enough even though I was quite winded at the time but we made it. They told me I had to be FAST at laying down into the position they had shown me and had I believe 3 technicians checking me with ultrasounds.

    Hope you can get it done soon.
    Thanks, I sent the doctor a letter with delivery confirmation today, that gives the exact tests you all mentioned. The key intent of these tests regardless of their name is to determine the extent of any blockage in blood vessels near or going to and from the heart

    This doctor is super busy and he doesn't have voicemail, but he does have assistants who call on his behalf and take detailed messages for him.

    The letter was to give him a heads up or notice on my making an appointment for these tests given my chest tightness and my family history: dad 2 heart attacks, the 2nd required a stent to open vessels; and sister has an irregular heart beat

    So, when I do go there in January 2022, he will have more of an opportunity to do the right tests and it saves office time in me explaining all of what I did in a letter format

    You may note that weekends including Fridays and Holidays are the worst times to go to urgent care / ER, since many experienced ER docs take time off / vacay and many go to the ER due to holiday partying accidents, recreational hard drug use problems, etc etc.

    Thanks, Lovbyts

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    Quote Originally Posted by warchild View Post
    If your getting chest tightness or feels like someone is sitting on your chest and it’s radiating down your arm you’re prbly having a heart attack or a STEMI. Call 911 and EMS or Fire will respond and give you a 12 lead EKG and let you know for sure. Don’t brush it off or drive yourself to the ER. That’s what 911 is for. I’ve been in EMS/FD FOR 20 years and see this a lot.
    Nothing radiates down the arm, no arm pain. Only intermittent weirdness in the chest area. last night I regurgitated while asleep. It was scary, since it woke me up and I felt I might choke on vomit, but nothing expelled.

    This type of event (regurgitating) happens a handful of times to me. It's because of the high acidic guacamole and salad dressing I use that is basically causing Heartburn...

    Heartburn hopefully is what's causing this chest tight feeling

    It's not a feeling of someone sitting on my chest (it's not that extreme)

    So this symptom on its own (not coupled with any other symptom(s)) I'd make an educated guess does not warrant me to go to the ER or calling 911

    As you probably know already, Trash Zone, weekends including Fridays and Holidays (including this holiday 2 month zone of Nov-thru January 2, 2022) are the worst times to go to urgent care / ER, since many experienced ER docs take time off / vacay and many go to the ER due to holiday partying accidents, recreational hard drug use problems, etc etc.

    Thanks, Trashzone

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    Quote Originally Posted by warchild View Post
    If your getting chest tightness or feels like someone is sitting on your chest and it’s radiating down your arm you’re prbly having a heart attack or a STEMI. Call 911 and EMS or Fire will respond and give you a 12 lead EKG and let you know for sure. Don’t brush it off or drive yourself to the ER. That’s what 911 is for. I’ve been in EMS/FD FOR 20 years and see this a lot.
    Sorry, I meant Warchild.... not Trashzone. I was into some punk rock back in the day / trash music so I zoned in on that.... and also Def Leopard and Love Bites (Lovebyts) lol

    Thanks so much Warchild

    Hey, if you think this weird chest tightness that comes and goes warrants a trip to the ER, I'll make the phone call

    but it's 1 symptom on its own and this is the worst time (the holidays to go to the ER).. with covid , we want to flatten the curve during the cold and flu season and minimize trips to the ER

    let me know, if i should go right now and i'll go

    id like to donate $10 to the charity of your choosing, if you give me good advice on this.

    I'm more leaning towards waiting till January 2022 after the 2nd of jan when the holiday rush slows down by a lot

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    By the way my pulse rate, taken 3 different times with an at home bp cuff meter showed 69 which is pretty darn good

    it shows my heart is beating efficiently Thank God, and that if I had any blockage, it would just make sense that it would NOT beat as efficiently

    from google:
    A normal resting heart rate for adults ranges from 60 to 100 beats per minute. Generally, a lower heart rate at rest implies more efficient heart function and better cardiovascular fitness. For example, a well-trained athlete might have a normal resting heart rate closer to 40 beats per minute.

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    Listen man I know what I’m talking about the majority have radiating arm pain and all will say it feels like an elephant sitting on their chest. A heart attack can turn into cardiac arrest so don’t play around with not wanting Togo to the hospital because covid. That’s my last reply keep your money or give it to Saint Jude’s if you really want to donate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by warchild View Post
    If your getting chest tightness or feels like someone is sitting on your chest and it’s radiating down your arm you’re prbly having a heart attack or a STEMI. Call 911 and EMS or Fire will respond and give you a 12 lead EKG and let you know for sure. Don’t brush it off or drive yourself to the ER. That’s what 911 is for. I’ve been in EMS/FD FOR 20 years and see this a lot.
    Thanks, Warchild.

    I take it silence means hey if you can crack a joke and you don't have consistent radiating pain

    and if you've had incidents of heart burn where you regurgiate while asleep, but don't expel vomit, the symptom of chest stingyness or tightness could be heartburn and maybe you're right u can wait till after Jan 2, 2022 so that the hospitals won't be burdened w/ 1 more person

    I hope God rewards you 1,000 times over for your good deeds here today, you and the other people who constructively commented

    I totally respect the EMT / Fire dept / paramedics and donate to these organizations often, especially the World Trade Center 911 Fund

    I will wait till January 2022 unless this 1 symptom is coupled with other symptoms that are signs of a heart attack

    Have a happy holiday season to you and yours, and thanks for your service

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    Quote Originally Posted by warchild View Post
    Listen man I know what I’m talking about the majority have radiating arm pain and all will say it feels like an elephant sitting on their chest. A heart attack can turn into cardiac arrest so don’t play around with not wanting Togo to the hospital because covid. That’s my last reply keep your money or give it to Saint Jude’s if you really want to donate.
    It's not an elephant sitting on my chest, but instead slight stingyness almost like a cramp. It's not that extreme and there's no radiating pain. Thanks again.

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    no radiating arm pain. it's not even neck pain or upper body pain. it's also slight discomfort stingyness in the chest. thanks again.

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